My fave building of 2012

I just voted on ArchDaily for my favourite educational building of the year and I hope that you go, check out the contenders and cast your vote for this awesome Vancouver project too - UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences building by joint venture firm of Montreal's Saucier + Perrotte and Vancouver's own HCMA.

Just finished and opened last year, it has generated a lot of buzz already - but how could it not? Just look at it:

It is - hands down - my favourite new Vancouver building and my favourite new Canadian building. Perhaps, a future classic; and certainly in Vancouver it joins a rather small elite group of buildings. Right now I can put it in my top five for this city.

Only a few days ago, it was announced that Wallpaper* magazine awarded it "Best Lab 2013" title.

Saucier + Perrotte and HCMA have teamed up for more buildings, unfortunately none in Vancouver. I hope they will. Meanwhile, vote here (apparently you can win an iPad if you do - like you need more incentive!).

All photos are by Marc Cramer.